Italy has a wealth of fantastic cities to explore, but only some of these could be seen to be in the romantic Italy holidays category. Most people will have been to Venice at least once in their lives, but few people will claim to have experienced everything this floating city has to offer. Similarly, Verona positioned just over one hour away from Venice, has a wealth of fantastic things to see, along with some much needed relaxing “down time” on Lake Garda, just on the doorstep.
So, your partner has a special birthday coming up and you want to treat them, or your wedding anniversary is fairly imminent and it’s 10, 20, 30… years together. What do we recommend? For some perfect romantic Italy holidays, I think both Venice and Verona offer the best escape.
The first I would recommend is our Romantic Venice trip. This 4 day trip has you staying at the beautiful 5 star Hotel Metropole, located just along from St Mark’s Square. With its own pier you can arrive in true Venetian style before experiencing this intricately detailed hotel where incense sticks are lit, creating an evocative Venetian vibe, to put you in the holiday mood. We would definitely recommend upgrading to the deluxe lagoon view rooms for that real feeling of Venice when you wake up each morning and look out at the view!
If the thought of airports and security regulations however, seem like a stressful way to begin your time away, why not begin your trip in true decadent style by boarding the British Pullman train at London Victoria. Enjoy your journey through the countryside to Folkestone, where you alight and climb on board the Venice Simplon Orient Express. Travel for a day and a night on this iconic train which began right back to the Roaring Twenties, an era that most people will find liberating after the humdrums of the average working day. This is a perfect way to arrive as the scenic as you travel through the countryside through France and the Majestic Alps, is breathtaking.
Once in Venice our main itineraries include a romantic sunset gondola ride through Venice and a Michelin Star Gourmet Tasting dinner at Hotel Metropole. Other activities can include a tour of the nearby islands of Burano, Murano and Torcello, a private guided highlights tour showcasing the history of the Doge; the historical ruler of Venice, along with St Mark’s Basilica, at the heart of Venice in St Mark’s Square.
If perhaps you want to experience something quite different to Venice, then top of the list has to be our Romantic Verona & Orient Express trip. Begin your trip on the Venice Simplon Orient Express, but alight in Verona instead, before staying in one of the most prestigious 5 star Relais’s in the world – Il Sogno di Giulietta. This hotel oozes romance and is situated to include one of the main crowd pleasers in Verona – Juliet’s balcony.
Since Shakespeare first set his doomed love story in Verona, Romeo & Juliet has been synonymous with the city. As well as Juliet’s Balcony, there is Juliet’s house, and of course the main attraction in Verona – the Roman open-air Arena where every year from late June to late August/early September time the arena performes popular operas. Romeo & Juliet is often included and a copy of the cd and/or libretto are available for purchase from the Arena Shop. You can even view some of the costumes from all the operas displayed in the Arena Museum located nearby. Make sure to hold onto your opera tickets as you can get a good discount on your entrance fee for visiting the museum. Some of these popular opera at the Arena include Aida along with firm favourites Carmen, Turandot, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Nabucco and Don Giovanni. Each year the schedule changes, so something for everyone.
My last recommendation is a very different experience! Returning to Venice, if you feel like you have experienced everything the city has to offer, have you considered attending the Venetian Carnival Ball? There are a wealth of fantastic Carnival Balls on offer, but for those wanting to experience a lively party ball atmosphere, I would steer you towards the Mascheranda Ball.
Again you can stay at Hotel Metropole – perfect for the carnival season, but combine this with one of the best costume houses in Venice, making sure you are dressed in the intricate period costume outfits along with masks, capes, wigs etc, you are sure to look nothing short of spectacular! There is nothing like the crowds of tourists all turning to admire you and take your photo as you effortlessly glide through St Mark’s Square, and maybe take in a cappuccino at Cave Laverna, known on the island as one of the best coffee houses in Venice.
When the night of the ball happens, you are entertained with jesters, acrobats and magicians while you dine, before choosing the best “Casanova of the night”. Then take to the floor to learn both traditional minuettos and cotillion dances with the Master of the Dance, before going freestyle dancing with the DJ music on the ground floor. Party into the early hours before you wander back from your dreamlike evening.
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